The house is almost 200 years old. It was built by Lorenzo Alonso Alberto, father of Teodora Alonso. The house was in almost perfect shape until the current owner, a descendant of Teodora sold it to a resort owner in Bagac, Bataan. The local government opposed it and did not grant the dismantling permit. However in May of 2010, the house was dismantled from the inside.
A campaign to save the house was launched spearheaded by local heritage advocates called the United Artists for Cultural Conservation and Development (UACCD). With the help of the print and broadcast media together with netizens the issue gained public interest.
A new law on heritage conservation was approved by then Pres. Gloria Arroyo on March 2010 stating that structures 50 years and above has to be conserved if it has cultural importance. The National Historical Institute ( now National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) ) was ready to put a marker in the house recognizing it as historical since the 90's but was refused by the owner. Since then and in spite of the public clamor to save the house NHCP till the present has reiterated it was never declared as an important cultural property. At the same time saying that they do not have the funds to save the house.
The house is the only remaining original structure on site in relation to Dr. Rizal. The Rizal Shrine in Calamba is a replica built from its foundation and floor initiated by then Pres. Elpidio Quirino through funds coming from donations of school children in the 1950's.
Many would say that it is not that important since it is "just" the house of Rizal's mother. Not realizing that without Teodora Alonso there would be no Pepe. Teodora was Rizal's first teacher and was the one who moulded his character of love of country. The house is the living soul that would remind us of the memory of this great woman and her contribution to Philippine history.
The destruction of this house is man made. The took away the ceiling, floor and dug the foundations leaving only the shell of the house. A part of the roof caved in last week. A call for help ran in the net for the government to immediately intervene before the whole house collapses but fell into deaf ears. On Oct. 22, 2012, 75% of the roof went down along with a big part of the facade.
The house can still be saved. It took one president in the past to rebuild the Rizal Shrine in Calamba now we call on our president to step in and help save and reconstruct this irreplaceable part of our history in Binan. A fitting honor for a mother.
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